Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mermaids Galore

I have three different Mermaid Stamp and Cut cards up on the blog at a2z Scrapbooking today. Stop by to see how I made three different backgrounds for them with the same liquid watercolors. So fun to play around with these colors.

Don't forget, you can use CHARK15 to get 15% off your cart of $25 or more...and you can custom order any of the new Hero Arts goodies at no additional cost!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, February 19, 2018

It's a Chick Thing

Now, I've always liked cute things and my son has always loved birds, chickies especially. So when I saw this Easter set of stamps from a company new to me, C.C. Designs, I had to sign up to try to win them. And I did! Squee! 

So happy and they came over the weekend. I stamped them up and started coloring. This is my first little scene, it's not a card yet, but it will be. I used my favorite go-to Prismacolor pencils. Aren't those chickies the cutest? I think I need to pile them on top of each other in the next stamping round.

Next, I used this Hero Arts digital stamp set (exclusively at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies) called One-of-a-Kind and printed the chick here.

I used my Prismacolor pencils again and came up with this card. I added some extra swirls to his wings or feathers or whatever those I like the whimsical feel to the bird stamps in this set.

Thought I better share this adorable chick cupcake idea too...I must make these for Easter this year!

Happy Monday!

Friday, February 16, 2018

It's a Love Thing with Graphic 45

I looove the Midnight Masquerade collection from Graphic 45 and made this from those papers. I fussy cut the little figures from the pocket cards and adhered them to a wooden star that I covered with rainbow foil. 

The wooden star was already covered in adhesive, so I peeled off the protective paper and just lay the foil on top and burnished it. Then I used a different color of foil and kept going until it was covered. I used a lot of pieces that had already been used but still had foil bits on it.

It was a pretty quick process...the only tricky part was choosing which figures to use. I adore the purple and teals in this collection. I popped up the flowers and figures with foam dots.

Easy and so pretty! You know I like the shimmer of the rainbow foil, even though it's not glitter, it's still shiny. 

I'm entering this on the G45 facebook page for a chance to win. All you have to do is create a love-themed project with any G45 products. I think these lovebirds qualify. 

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Hi, friends, Happy Valentine's Day...or as we call it, Matt's birthday. My hubby was born on Valentine's Day awhile ago (shhh! he's 50 this year!) and his mom used to say he was her favorite Valentine. Now he's my favorite Valentine! It's the only birthday I both give and get gifts. He never forgets to get me my favorite candy (Russell Stover...their chocolate buttercream candies rock!) and a present.

Today I've got a digi stamp Valentine card using the February prize for winning at a2z Scrapbooking's It's a Love Thing challenge. The prize is the Hero Arts Words of Love digis. I printed the word, colored and fussy cut the letters. Then I arranged them like the iconic Love Sculpture by Robert Indiana, but I turned the "o" the opposite way.

I wrote the word "you" with Arteza marker and trimmed it out. The sparkly dots are Your Next Stamp's Gumdrops. I super love them. They come in matte as well, and I love those too.

Here's a close-up of the letters.

Here's a little Valentine link so you can get some freebies today. Nothing says I love you like discounts! Check out the deals at Qdoba and TCBY here.

And here's a link to 15 free heart digis you can download and color, including this one, from Shery K Designs.

And here's a no-bake Valentine treat you can make...I'd substitute Valentine M&Ms though, for the heart candies as they are not my faves.

And if you want to work a little harder, you could make these heart meringues. I love meringue cookies--crisp on the outside and chewy inside. Nothing like pie meringue, which is not my favorite.

And that's all I have for today...hope you have a good Valentine's Day!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hot Cocoa on a Cold Day

Hi, friends, today I'm sharing a couple of cards that I made with the Phoebe Hot Cocoa stamp set that I won on the Your Next Stamp blog. Such a cute set of stamps, though I did have to email and ask what the stamp on the bottom right was. Turns out it's not a fuzzy pickle like I thought, but a headband to keep Phoebe warm. 

Originally, this girl was just Prismacolor pencils, but it looked too rough, too pencil-y for my taste. So when deciding what to do to smooth it out, I ruled out gamsol because I'm out of it, and I used my Arteza brush markers instead. It definitely deepened the colors. I really like how she turned out.

The sun is a Lawn Fawn die and I used just the Arteza markers on it. I have to admit, I'd rather have a sunny cold winter day than a gloomy warmish day. But really I'd just like the weather to choose! It's 30s today and supposed to be nearly 60 on Thursday before dropping back down. Mother Nature just needs to pick something so I can know what coat to wear, just say'n!

Happy Monday!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Can't Stop Coloring

I joined about midway through the current 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker and here are some things I haven't yet posted. I love watching/listening to the tv and coloring at night with a cup of decaf tea. It's kinda become a thing now.

Here's a page from this Adornit mini coloring book. The images are printed on heavy textured cardstock (suitable for watercoloring or markers) and I used my new Arteza brush markers on this one. I've noticed the markers are hard to move around once they're on the paper versus the Tombow dual tip markers, but the colors are lovely and you get a ton. These little books are 4"x 6" and they have a ton of designs. I have some images from other books up on Instagram @chark99.

I love the Arteza markers for lettering, I can actually pull off some kind legible script with them, perhaps because they are true brushes and not felt tips. In this card I wrote the sentiment with an Arteza marker and then fussy cut it out. I wouldn't attempt to write directly on a card, I barely pull off stamping directly on a card!

I won this adorable stamp set from the Your Next Stamp blog during the Coffee Lovers Hop. I used Prismacolor pencils on the images and the marker just for the sentiment. I stamped her in light brown ink.

Here's a close-up. It's a pretty simple design, but I wasn't sure what else to do with it, so I'm leaving it as is until some inspiration strikes...or I need a thank you card!

Happy Friday!